Captain America 3 directors talk returns, Secret Wars style crossover

Zade Rosenthal/Marvel Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) & Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)
Zade Rosenthal/Marvel
Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) & Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)

I’ve made no secret that “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has been my favorite movie so far in 2014 and going through the fall slate of films, nothing short of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” has a shot of dethroning it so I’m already hyped about any news of “Captain America 3” I can get my eyes on.

Anthony and Joe Russo spoke with about the not so shocking return of this guy…


Zade Rosenthal/Marvel Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan)
Zade Rosenthal/Marvel
Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan)

“Thinking about where that relationship can go is a piece of the puzzle for us for sure. That character is a wonderfully, beautifully tragic figure in the sense of is he the world’s most feared assassin or is he the world’s longest serving POW. Is he innocent by reason of insanity or the equivalent of it because he’s been mind controlled or is he irredeemable? Is he ever going to be acceptable to Cap again as the friend that he used to be before he was the Winter Soldier? These are very philosophical, emotional questions that pique our interest and definitely form one layer of the next movie.”

Joss Whedon mentioned we wouldn’t be seeing Winter Soldier in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and we had to figure that tracking down his friend was going to be on Captain America’s mind after dealing with the maniacal robot but it’s nice to have some confirmation.

But in far more intriguing news, Joe Russo dropped this tidbit to the guys at CinemaBlend…

Captain America Secret Wars“Listen, when I started collecting, The Secret Wars was one of the first books I ever bought, so that’s always been an obsession of mine to see something of that scale done – a crossover. I don’t know if that would ever be possible, with all the different situations at the studios. But I would love to see a lot of characters on screen together.”

I think we’d all just considered The Avengers to be the mass collection of characters, but WS did feature Cap, Falcon, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Maria Hill and Winter Soldier so expanding that a bit more doesn’t necessarily have to be too big a stretch.

secret wars 2009Of course Russo may not be referring to the 1984 version, but rather the 2009 “Secret Wars,” which may fit far easier in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In that story, (which you can buy from Secret War)

Nick Fury discovers a disturbing connection between many of Marvel’s deadliest villains and assembles a team of heroes including Captain America, Black Widow, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Wolverine and more for a secret mission to do what the U.S. government could never allow – eventually leading to a super-powered blowout between a who’s who of New York’s heroes and mutants!

dardevil and luke cageNow we already know Fury, Cap and Black Widow are covered and Daredevil and Luke Cage are being featured on Netflix. Netflix honcho Ted Sarandos said in an interview with Empire that members of The Defenders could possibly meet up with The Avengers.

“It has definitely been talked about,” Sarandos said. “‘Daredevil’ is already shooting, since that’s out first. Eventually the series will run very close together. You can then have a separate season where the characters will cross over.”

Secretwars tradeGranted, Spider-Man and Wolverine are probably long-shots since they’re tied up with Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox respectively, but that doesn’t mean the actors who play the characters wouldn’t jump at the chance to be in an Avengers crossover.

“I’d love to see [Spider-Man] with The Avengers,” Andrew Garfield said during the Sony Pictures panel discussion of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ at the 2013 Comic-Con. “Wouldn’t that just be awesome? Just saying.”

While speaking with ScreenRant, Hugh Jackman spoke about the possibility of Wolverine joining the Avengers:

“I think it’d be fantastic. I loved The Avengers. I love what they do with it. [Marvel Studios head] Kevin Feige, by the way, I can tell you is one of the true gentlemen of this business. … I’m basically really happy and proud of what he’s achieved. I think he’s making great movies. People love them. And consistency is incredible. So, who wouldn’t want to be involved with that?”

I know it seems crazy, but for Sony and Fox, they’re in the enviable position of being able to partner with Marvel Studios provided they’re able to set egos aside for a second and just crank out a money printing movie. After all, stranger things have happened in the world of comic books…

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